Cold Process Soap Recipes

The Cold Process soap recipes found on this page are meant to be used with the Step by step Cold Process soap instructions. The amounts given are only suggestions, experiment and let your personal tastes guide you, change a scent in a recipe, increase or decrease it, change the color or the additives, the possibilities are endless.

Fragrance oils can be used in place of some of the essential oils in your Cold Process soap recipes, you won’t get the benefit of the oils but you will get the scent at least. Just be careful as some Fragrance oils and Essential oils can cause your Cold Prosess soap recipe to seize or come to trace very fast. Adjustments will have to be made as I haven’t tried fragrance oils in place of the essential oils in some of my Cold Process Soap recipes yet. Also Essential oils can be used instead of fragrance oils, again adjustement will have to be made check out the essential oils page for adjusting from fragrance oils to essential oils.

Just remember to mix your scent in a small container in small amounts to start with, and you can always add more but you can’t take it away.



Plain olive and coconut oil Cold Process soap recipe

735g Olive Oil
250g Coconut Oil
15g Beeswax
139g Lye
300g Distilled or purified water

Process according to the step by step Cold Process Method. This recipe is wonderful if you choose to use this as a base for hand-milling or adding a new fragrance to see if it stands up to cold process.



Basic Castile Cold Process soap recipe

This makes a wonderful castile soap with a soft and fluffy lather. The color will range from white to a pale yellow to pale green (pomace to extra virgin) depending on the grade of olive oil you use. This is a sutibale soap for the face and delicate skin.

950g olive oil
50g caster oil
124g lye
250g water

Follow the steps in the cold process method.

When the temperature of the oils/fats is 40°C(104°F) turn of the heat. The lye should not be hotter than 40°C(104°F) when added to the oils/fats. Trace should take 5-25 minutes depending on the olive oil type. If your trace is taking longer than this let the soap mix rest for 15-30 minutes before the next stirring. The gel phase should take 12-24 hours. This soap needs to cure for 6 weeks.

If you want to use this recipe as a base recipe for hand-milling increase the Lye to 131 grams so that you have room to add any extra oils you may decide to add during hand milling. If you are going to use this for hand-milling unmold and cut into logs, wrap each long in wax paper and store the soap in airtight plastic bags.

This should be enough Cold Process Soap recipes to get you started. Although do check back often as I will be adding new ones as I find and create recipes that I approve of.


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